Isles call up Strome, expected to make NHL debut versus Coyotes

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Fresh off a very much-needed win in San Jose, the New York Islanders have officially called up forward Ryan Strome from AHL Bridgeport.

It’s expected Strome, 20, will make his NHL debut Thursday in Phoenix versus the Coyotes. The AHL’s leading scorer (nine goals and 24 assists) was originally set to play last night against the Sharks, but poor weather on the East Coast and time constraints got in the way.

Newsday explains:

Pierre-Marc Bouchard cleared waivers at noon EST yesterday, and Strome could not be officially recalled until then. Players cannot travel before their official recall, so Strome would have had to catch a flight (or more likely two), fly cross country all day and then try to jump into the lineup Tuesday night.

Strome was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

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